Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
|This was once my favorite pair for jeans|
|Over The Limit II|
|Over The Limit II (closeup)|
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The piece above is on the Longarm and is in progress. Only the top row has any quilting on it. I have continued to work on this and now all the blocks have quilting. I am slowly adding more quilting and more color with the threads. I not only enjoyed the piecing of this, but am now enjoying the spontaneity of the quilting process as well. This kind of quilting is new to me and I am really just making it up as I go. The color is really there, now it is about feeling and movement. I love the direction this is moving.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This is also the first quilt I have quilted on my long arm in 4 years. I have my quilting business back up and running. It is great to be working on the Gammill again! I forgot how much I enjoyed making tops into quilts.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
A top is kind of like a blank sheet of paper waiting for a drawing. There are so many possibilities. The color is there but there are no lines to define the color and space. Trying to decide what to quilt can be daunting. I decided to go with closely spaced lines. Keep in mind that the strips in the photo are only two inches wide so those lines are pretty close together. I like the random look of unevenly spaced lines as I think it adds more interest. I wanted to create some energy in the orange so I went with my allover swirl with long flowing spikes coming form them like little suns. I really enjoyed the process of quilting this little piece. The finished quilt is about 24x48 and meant as wall art. I put on the binding yesterday and now just need to hand stitich that in place, add a hanging sleeve and a label. Hopefully I will have that done quickly as would love to hang this up where I can enjoy it.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
I am going to start up my quilting service again and maybe do a few other things till that takes off. I finished up the little project I had loaded last weekend. Ok it was a practice piece. It was junk fabric top and bottom and I was practicing an allover feather meander and we going to use the finished piece as a dog bed. It was left on the machine half done. Now this is really a good thing as once I got the machine fired up last weekend I had to finish the quilting so I got to practice my allover feather meander again. It came out ok for not having done any freehand quilting in so long.
This morning I unloaded that little practice piece and loaded the Scrappy Trip Around The World I had started a few weeks ago. I was just happy to get it loaded. Then I decided to do some quilting. I took quite a few breaks during the day. I did my allover swirl which is a freehand design that was the most requested allover design for my quilting business. For the very first time in over 4 years it was not bad. I will be doing another quilt with this design as soon as I can get that back pieced. I am hoping for next weekend.
My next piece on the Longarm is going to be one of my Improv pieces. I have decided on the blue and orange one I am calling Energy. The quilting will be really simple so it should go really fast.
Now to trim up my finished quilt, decide on a binding and get that put on. Almost there!